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From our Editor

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Memorial Day will take place this year without in-person gatherings. There will be no ceremonies at Evergreen Cemetery and Tennessee Pass, no motorcycle ride from Silverthorne to Leadville and no barbecue at the Elks Lodge.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 25 % of American wage and salary workers worked from home, at least occasionally, in 2017-2018. This percentage is now much higher due to COVID-19.

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As a global pandemic and upcoming presidential election loom, it is easy to forget about the functions of our democracy at a local level.

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The Herald Democrat received two letters last week, notes that reminded the newspaper of its role as a connector, a bridge between humans, space and time.

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Letters to the Editor

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May is Mental Health Month and all Coloradans may have had their mental health taxed with the isolation, anxiety over jobs or finances or fear of catching a deadly virus during this time. I’m hoping that makes all of us more aware of brain disorders and the outside influences that impact tho…

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After reading Debbie Lopez’s letter to the editor on the cancelling of events because of coronavirus, we think all Leadville Race Series races should be canceled as well. Thank you for a good write-up Debbie.

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Year after year, the Lake County School District Art Department receives a tremendous amount of support from our community members, businesses and families during our annual Spring Art Show fundraiser. This year, despite our inability to hold the art show, businesses and community members ma…

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I am pleased to offer my endorsement for Jo Reese. Jo is running for a contested seat for the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association Board of Directors. The seat she is running for serves Lake and Chaffee County outside of Town of Buena Vista limits.

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While emergency relief funding is on the way for many local companies, local business owners must focus on keeping their companies afloat in a new business environment. They can start planning for the sporadic opening by asking such questions as: how to reach across to vendors, customers and…

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In the April 23 edition of the Herald Democrat, on page 21, the family of Gilbert Trujillo submitted a poem in his memory to mark his birthday. With no disrespect to the Trujillo family in their grief and memory, and pleased to know that this poem blesses their hearts, I wish to note that th…

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I am so grateful to everyone in the entire Lake County community for our shared epic journey over the past eight years. Together with our teachers, staff, students and families we have summited metaphorical peaks; hunkered down through blustery snowstorms; and communed with and comforted one…

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We Love Leadvillle! During these trying times, our hearts go out to those who are suffering or know someone who is. We are grateful for what we have; our health and the beauty that surrounds us and at the same time we acknowledge the struggles that are being endured; at home, in our communit…

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Last week I received the notice from the Lake County Public Health Agency and the Lake County Office of Emergency Management that second home owners should not visit their homes in Leadville or the Lake County area until further notice. As a homeowner and resident in Leadville and a homeowne…

Columnists

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This afternoon, I spent a couple of hours sitting in my rocking chair on the back deck watching Lee-Lou wander around the yard checking things out and occasionally bouncing off the fence. She moves slowly so the bounces aren’t painful.

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After reading the re-published article in the Herald Democrat on April 22 (originally from Volume 1, No. 10 of “Mountain Diggings,” a publication of the Lake County Civic Center Association in 1980) about the 1918 “Spanish Flu” in Leadville, I wanted to take a moment to stand up for Lake Cou…

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Several of Twin Lakes Inn’s chefs grew up in the south and honed their culinary skills in eateries along the Gulf Coast. Below is one of our favorite (grandmother approved) recipes for chocolate pecan pie, a guest favorite at the inn.

Letters to the Editor

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I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Doctor Petry, the emergency room doctor and his staff, paramedics and Flight for Life. Their very quick response to my illness helped save my life on Feb. 21. Thank you kindly.

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Leadville is my hometown and always will be. I’m out here in Kentucky now where it is green and beautiful, but my heart is still in Leadville. I grew up there and raised my family there. I even miss the snow.

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It is hard for me to believe that in this time of COVID-19 and the efforts we are putting forth for social distancing that the Leadville Race Series is still contemplating holding their 2020 events. The earliest event will be in June and the last will take place in late August just in time f…

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Lake County Government and the City of Leadville would like to extend their gratitude to the Leadville/Lake County community for pulling together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hello, friends and fellow citizens of Lake County, my name is Whittney Smythe-Smith and I am a candidate to retain the seat that I was newly appointed to on the St. Vincent Hospital Board. As many of you know, I spent most of my childhood in Leadville; I have always called Lake County my hom…

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It was great to see Sean’s article in the April 9, 2020 edition of the Herald Democrat, titled “County Suspends Recycling Services”. Due to his reporting, those of us who had seen a short paragraph on the Lake County Public Works Facebook page got much more information regarding the decision…

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How to hit the ground running after the COVID-19 pandemic? There are so many things to think about … handling panicked customers, interrupted supply chains, working-capital loans, webinars, Zoom meetings, hyper kids and a work environment that changes by the hour … the list goes on! Confused…

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In respect for our current day living situation with the COVID-19 virus and the requested ‘social distancing’, I deeply regret the need to completely cancel this year’s Lake County Memorial Day Service and KIA Motorcycle Ride. Please take a moment or two during the Memorial Day weekend, to r…

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has challenged Colorado like no event in living memory. Although its impact on our health care system, schools, and social services has rightly received the most attention, we cannot take our eyes off another issue affecting them all: the 2020 census.

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The Leadville Main Street Program is excited and looking forward to summer projects. I hope by now you’ve been able to enjoy the newly installed “We Love Leadville” sign at Tritz Park. The monument was installed this past fall and was the first phase of the park revitalization.

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A portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates $350 billion in government-backed loans for small businesses, under the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP).

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In these very strange times it is difficult to focus on normal things; the projects that we were working on before all of this, our daily operations, the meetings that were on our calendars. However in the midst of our isolation there is a very important project still happening and one that …

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A 2020 candidate for U.S. Congress, I’ve lived in Durango for 26 years. After driving 5,000 miles over this winter, through mountain pass blizzards, I’ve twice visited all 29 of our 3rd Congressional District counties; meeting, greeting and speaking.

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The Leadville community is at the heart of our mission of the Leadville Main Street Program. In this time of COVID-19 uncertainty and the stay-in-place order, it might seem like there is not much you can do to help your local businesses and community partners.

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I was twelve years old, 72 years ago, when they held the very first Leadville Ski Joring event. Everyone was very excited as we anticipated this forthcoming contest. We were blessed with drifts and drifts of snow that were required for the success of this competition on Harrison Avenue. I wa…

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As of 2 p.m. on March 20 there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lake County. Assume that COVID-19 is here, in our community, and circulating. Practice social distancing and isolate yourself if you are sick.

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Many believe our health care system needs fixing. Would “Medicare for All” be the fix? “Medicare for All” would require the Medicare law to change to permit additional categories of beneficiaries. Antitrust laws, whose purpose is to facilitate “… economic liberty aimed at preserving free and…

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Lake County Intermediate School third grade students and teachers had the amazing opportunity to engage in a learning expedition about the history and legacy of the famous “skiing soldiers” of the 10th Mountain Division. And, again in 2020, the culmination…

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As a community partner of Lake County Government, on Feb. 13th, I was contacted by several elected official offices informing me of a data breach of Lake County’s network.

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The state-mandated date for caucus for both political parties is this coming Saturday. The Republicans will gather at Freight at 9:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 10:00. All registered Republicans are invited to attend. The Democrats will gather at the Lake County High School at 2:00 p.m..

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Last night I was visiting with one of my Republican friends and colleagues. We found ourselves reflecting on the national political climate, our time in the Capitol, and what motivated us to serve in the Senate. It was a great conversation.

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I was reading the letters to the editor in last week’s paper. I was shocked to read that our new sheriff is being compared to the old sheriff and the old administration.

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I am honored to be your public servant as county commissioner and look forward to being your choice for the next term as I officially seek re-election and your vote.

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It is important to hold our governing bodies and politicians accountable and to ask questions when things seem awry. It is equally important to celebrate when our systems of power and our representatives get something right. To that end, I want to take a moment to hold up a local success.

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In response I am writing this letter reluctantly, but find it necessary to address the editor’s notes following the letter my wife, Stacy Kelly, wrote in last week’s paper.